Listed below are the people who work hard to represent the interests of the resource-based tourism industry in the NOTO office each day:
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Laurie was appointed to the role of Executive Director in 2014. She is no stranger to the organization or the industry, having spent the last twenty three years in various staff roles at NOTO. Beginning as the bookkeeper, she soon took on additional responsibilities and has been the Membership Services Manager for the last several years. In this role she has been the voice and face of NOTO to our members.
Laurie takes great pride in her work. She is dedicated to the needs and concerns of tourism operators across the province and works hard at developing strong and lasting relationships within the industry and government. She is committed to working with the Board, staff and members to shape NOTO into a strong united voice and community.
Laurie lives in North Bay with her husband John and son Jonathan. In her spare time she likes baking elaborate cakes and treats, spending time enjoying our northern wilderness and opening her house to family and friends.
Communication & Outreach Intern
Ph. 705-472-5552 x27
Damian Topps is a graduate of Advertising & Marketing Communications at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario. He has prior experience in a hospitality setting and a background in online writing.
Tourism Development Specialist
Ph. 705-472-5552 x22
André Dukhia is NOTO's Tourism Development Specialist. Andre has a long history of working in tourism product development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism Studies and has done several professional development studies.
Immediately prior to taking up his current position with NOTO, Andre worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in an internship as a community development coordinator. He held prior positions with the German Technical Assistance (GTZ) as a Community Development Specialist. He was also the Product Development Officer with the Guyana Tourism Authority.
Andre has a wealth of experience in Tourism and community Development, Project Management and Local Economic Development.